Welcome to Our Church Website
Did you know that Riverview First United Methodist Church was the first Methodist congregation in all of Hillsborough County, and that 2021 marks the 175th year that our church has been operating in one Riverview location or another? We look forward to continuing to serve our community’s spiritual needs through worship, bible study, and small groups both at the church and in the surrounding community. And we are happy to serve our communities food needs through our partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, ECHO, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, South Shore United Methodist Church, the Rice Creek Mobile Home Park, and other supporters too numerous to mention.
We continue to provide precautions against COVID-19. We offer social distancing, require masks and temperature checks for those entering the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, and provide hand sanitizer and individual communion supplies. We welcome all those who seek a Sunday worship experience to our early morning service at 8:00 AM, our adult Gleaners Sunday School at 9:00 AM, and/or our regular Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM.
If you are like many of us, the worship of our God is an important and regular part of your life. RUMC wants to be here for you both today and in the future. We hope to see you soon in person.
Easter Service Down by The River
After missing 2020 due to the COVID Pandemic, Riverview UMC reinitiated our annual Easter Sonrise Service down by the Alafia River, behind our parsonage. We had 97 attendees, about twice the number we expected, and we were all so grateful to see so many of our members who have long been absent. The weather was perfect (although it could have been a little warmer), and we so glad to see children and their parents at church again.
Easter Lilies at the Service
A dozen Easter Lilies were brought down the river as part of our Sonrise Service. These flowers were purchased in honor or in memory of friends and family, as well as in celebration that Our Savior, Jesus, has risen indeed!
- Shirley Brosch gave flowers in honor and in memory of James Hawk.
- Pat Sinda gave a flower in honor of the Resurrection.
- Connie Mosley gave flowers in honor of her many grandchildren and her family, and in memory of her mother Ellie Bratcher Mahoney.
- Diana and Steve Williams gave flowers in memory of Alice Lanker Schutt and Lillian Fruchy Mauss.
- Bud Anderson gave a flower in memory of his wife Peggy Anderson.
- Joyce Schuetz gave flowers in memory of her brothers.
- Sharon Cayce gave a flower in memory of Owen Johnson.
- Albert Cayce gave a flower in memory of Maxine Cayce.
- Taycia and Vean-Ann Chambers gave flowers in memory of Marjorie Chambers and Patricia Allen.
John Nelson Memorial Service
All are welcome to come and join John A. Nelson’s Celebration of Life Service to be held on Friday, April 16th at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary. Sadly, John passed away on Christmas morning, 2020. He was an integral part of our congregation, and he dedicated his time to many different church causes and plans. He was a friend of RUMC and is still greatly missed. Due to COVID concerns, there will be no reception following the service.